Pakistan’s top order crumbles after South Africa bowled out for 220

Pakistan’s top order crumbles after South Africa bowled out for 220

Pakistan were four down for 33 by the 18th over in their first Test against South Africa in Karachi on Tuesday.

Azhar Ali and Fawad Alam were unbeaten on five each after South African pace bowler Kagiso Rabada rocked the top order with two wickets for just eight runs.

Opener Abid Ali was the first to go, when he was bowled by Kagiso Rabada in the fifth over after scoring just four runs. Rabada struck again in the seventh over and Imran Butt (9) was caught by Keegan Petersen.

Skipper Babar Azam only scored a meagre 7 before he fell to Keshav Maharaj in the 16th over.

Earlier, South Africa were bowled out for 220.

Spinners Yasir Shah (3-54) and debutant Nauman Ali (2-38) destroyed the tourists on a brownish pitch after South Africa won the toss and batted.

Dean Elgar top-scored with 58 while George Linde made 35.

The tourists were 179-6 at tea after Nauman dismissed South African skipper Quinton de Kock (15) and Elgar (58) as South Africa fumbled from a steady 94-2 at lunch. 

Meanwhile, Pakistan handed Test caps to 34-year-old left-arm spinner Nauman Ali and 25-year-old opener Imran Butt in a combination of three pacers and two spinners.

Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar, who has officiated on-field in the most international games (391), is supervising his first test in Pakistan since making his debut in 2000.

Dar got his first opportunity at home after the International Cricket Council allowed the appointment of local match officials for international matches because of travel restrictions in place for the Covid-19 pandemic.

Babar Azam (captain), Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Rizwan, Nauman Ali, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi

South Africa
Quinton de Kock (capt), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Temba Bavuma, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Anrich Nortje, George Linde